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Jan. 23, 2020
Inside news
Since 2003, the University Library has had a live chat function on its website to answer questions students, faculty, staff or anyone in the world may pose.

The Faculty Senate will vote at its February meeting on four universitywide student learning outcomes that will put ISU in line with accreditation criteria.

IT's mail team is testing a solution for ISU email -- sent by an outside vendor -- that ends up in recipients' junk mail folder. In the meantime, email readers can influence where that mail lands.

As of this week, the document needed for filing state and federal income taxes is available in Workday.

Iowa State's in-house printing operation is approaching its 100th birthday, a century dominated by black print on white paper. While there's still a need for traditional products, what Printing Services offers its campus clients has evolved far beyond the page.

The 92-year-old building will be razed by June, and the lot on Pammel Drive will become a green space.

Two Iowa State faculty members kicked off 2020 in new part-time roles in the provost's office. 
The following announcements were added this week:
  • 25 Year Club banquet set for March 2
  • CALS associate dean candidate interviews begin Jan. 29
  • Pipette calibration service on campus runs Jan. 27-31
  • Poster sale at the MU runs Jan. 27-Feb. 1
  • Gallery reception postponed to Jan. 31
Around campus
An Iowa State professor explains how food choices can have a big impact for candidates on the campaign trail in an essay for The Conversation. 

The office of the vice president for research has awarded six seed grants to ISU teams, four to projects developing biobased product discoveries and two to support vaccines and immunotherapies. Funds came from the Legislature as part of the state's biosciences initiative.

Industrial design students are collaborating with the ISU Police Department to examine the issues police officers face with their uniforms, gear and vehicles -- and what designers can do to help solve those problems.

Since the Great Recession, Iowa's job rate has grown by 7.1%, compared to 9.4% in surrounding states and 16.1% nationally, according to a new analysis by an Iowa State economist. 

M arshalltown increased its bus ridership 11% in 2019 -- the largest increase of any rural transit provider in Iowa -- thanks to an ISU team's pilot project in a program to use data science to benefit communities.
Open houses and receptions
Next week
  • Open house, strategic facilities plan, drop-in feedback session, Jan. 28 (3-6 p.m., 0198 Parks Library)
  • Reception, "AiR by Catherine Reinhart" exhibition, Jan. 31 (5-7 p.m., Design on Main gallery, 203 Main St.)

  • Retirement, Kenny Bollenbaugh, plant services, facilities planning and management, Feb. 4 (1-3 p.m., program at 2 p.m., maintenance shop break room, General Services Building)
  • Retirement, Dale Meyer, Ames Laboratory, Feb. 4 (1:30-3 p.m., 205 TASF)
  • Retirement, John Flickinger, ISU Extension and Outreach administration, Feb. 6 (2-4 p.m., program at 3:15 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Farewell, Vernon Hurte, dean of students, Feb. 11 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
Arts and events
Thought-provoking titles, well-known names and timely topics highlight the nearly 40 scheduled events.

Renowned comedian Dave Chapelle will perform Jan. 28 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show go on sale at noon Jan. 24 and start at $72.50. They are available at Stephens Auditorium's ticket office or online at Ticketmaster. The creator of a self-titled sketch comedy show on Comedy Central TV (2003-06), Chappelle has released five stand-up specials on Netflix since 2017. 
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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